The Romantics

Your paper should be typed, double-spaced (no extra spacing between paragraphs), and at least 500 words long. You have to use at least one academic secondary source in addition to your primary source. This means a legit, scholarly article, NOT dictionary.com or Wikipedia and for the love of all that’s holy, not Sparknotes. Opinion pieces, blogs, and non-scholarly websites do not count as academic sources. Use academic journal articles (see “databases” on the library website), books or book chapters, legitimate academic sites, etc.

Use brief quotes from both primary and secondary sources to support your thesis. You must document your sources in the MLA style. You may not recycle works submitted in other classes. You may not use any fact, quotation, or idea from any other source without EXPLICITLY documenting it. Failure to properly document sources is plagiarism.

Present an assertive thesis that proves a relevant point about the text. Make sure you don’t just summarize the work. Avoid arguing the obvious (eg, “Jaws is about a shark”). Instead, think “This is what the shark represents”. The contents of the paper should all work towards proving this thesis. Use quotes and examples from the texts to help prove your point, but avoid extensive paraphrasing of the text. Do not summarize the text you are discussing; assume your audience has read the texts in question. Demonstrate throughout the paper why your point is relevant and how it helps us reach a greater understanding of the work in question. In any case, your paper needs to include one of the texts we’ve discussed and your secondary source in a relevant manner.

Possible paper 1 topics include but are NOT limited to:

The Romantics’ reaction to the Enlightenment

The Romantics’ “spirit of the age”

Wordsworth’s “two consciousnesses”

Wordsworth’s celebration of the common

Keat’s use of the ode

Coleridge’s use of magic and the supernatural

P. Shelley’s Romanticism

Blake’s social reform poetry

Blake’s religious imagery

Compare/contrast two or more Romantics

Austen’s satire of society/ Romantic conventions

The idea of the foreign in the Gothic

Conventions of the Gothic

The Radcliffian heroine

Female Gothic/ Male Gothic

Orientalism in Beckford

Family dynamics in Frankenstein

What genre is Frankenstein?